Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Marsha's Musings: Our Best Life is Beyond the Grave (Hebrews 11:32-40 NKJV)

And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented— of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth. And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us. (Hebrews 11:32-40 NKJV)

Wow. "Your best life now"?!  Where do these health and weath gospel preachers come up with this junk?  It certainly isn't in the Bible!  My goodness, what kind of hope for eternity is that?  How does that theology stack up for the person who just had a massive stroke and will be forever dependent on others for his/care?  Is that their best life now?  We must use discernment.  These preachers sprinkle in just enough truth to deceive people.

For the Christian, the best is yet to come, not in this life, but in eternity! That's why all these saints and people today are willing to die for their faith in Jesus Christ and refuse to deny Him.  They know their best life is yet to come. God has provided something better for us. Let's persevere and look forward to our best life beyond the grave!

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